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Houston Methodist Advancement into Professional Practice (MAPP)

Houston Methodist Hospital is pleased to offer baccalaureate nursing students the opportunity to enhance their learning and understanding of their chosen profession through an internship in our Houston Methodist Advancement into Professional Practice (MAPP) program.

The MAPP Program pairs accepted externs with registered nurses in our clinical environment. MAPP externs work side by side our nurses performing daily assessments, practicing nursing skills, and learning the nursing process.

There are two tracks to the MAPP program- year-round and summer. The year-round program, available in the Texas Medical Center and at Houston Methodist The Woodlands, accepts students two times a year in January and August.

The Summer track is offered exclusively at our Texas Medical Center campus. This track is designed specifically for students attending school greater than 50 miles from our Texas Medical Center campus.

Work Environment

MAPP is a paid position with externs assigned to work in a nursing department within Houston Methodist. Sponsoring clinical environments may include intermediate care/intensive care units, Women’s Services, Emergency Department, Perioperative Services, Transplant Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology, and general medicine.

The assimilation into the health care setting will prove invaluable to externs as they begin their nursing careers. Individuals who successfully complete the MAPP program will be better prepared to meet the demands and challenges facing tomorrow's nurses.


MAPP externs are required to work 24 hours a month for the year-round program and up to 40 hours a week for the summer externship. For participating in the program, student nurses can expect:

  • A competitive salary with shift differentials
  • Paid orientation
  • Housing assistance - for summer program only
  • Unlimited voluntary participation in Houston Methodist Hospital educational opportunities (unpaid)
  • Discount tickets to local and regional special events

Upon completion of the MAPP program, student externs in their last semester of nursing school will have the opportunity to be among the first candidates to interview for a full-time, paid position as a Houston Methodist graduate nurse resident.

As a part of the Houston Methodist nursing team, MAPP externs will also have access to the rich educational opportunities at Houston Methodist Hospital including:

  • Online programs
  • Nursing grand rounds
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • Professional development
  • Extended clinical opportunities such as working with nurse practitioners, clinical educators and members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Rotation of up to three units of interest

Eligibility Requirements

For our year-round program, MAPP externs are eligible to apply for their respective programs two semesters before graduation. Applications for the MAPP summer externship are accepted each spring with a January deadline. Space is limited to the top qualified candidates and is directed toward outstanding individuals who have a passion for administering quality health care. Specific requirements must be met for consideration into the program:


Year Around MAPP Program
Program Cohort Application Dates
Applications to the program are completed in the year preceding graduation
Summer January 1 - 15
Winter October 1 - 15

How to Apply

Applications Must Include:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Preference summary sheet
  • Interest essay
  • Faculty recommendations from two of the candidate's clinical instructors

The completed application must be submitted prior to the deadline as publicized online to:

Houston Methodist Hospital looks forward to helping you map out your career path. No matter which direction your journey leads you, we are committed to partnering with you every step of the way.

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